Malkin suspended; Maatta to miss time
The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has been suspended one game for high-sticking Philadelphia’s Michael Raffl late in Pittsburgh’s 4-1 win over the Flyers on Monday night.
The league announced the suspension on Tuesday following a hearing between Malkin and the league’s department of player safety.
Raffl and Malkin were tangled up in the neutral zone in the third period with Raffl engaging Malkin physically while Raffl battled for the puck. When the two players broke apart, Raffl punched Malkin in the back of the head and Malkin retaliated by swinging his stick in Raffl’s direction. Malkin received a 10-minute match penalty for the infraction.
The league called Malkin’s swing “intentional.”
D Maatta out indefinitely
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is dealing with an upper-body injury and is out indefinitely.
The team placed Maatta on the injured list on Tuesday. The 24-year-old played just 4:57 in Monday night’s 4-1 win over Philadelphia before leaving the game. He did not return.
Maatta has one goal and 12 assists in 55 games this season for Pittsburgh.